PCC blog: A time for unity
I recently paid a visit to Birmingham Central Mosque to
discuss the issues currently hitting the headlines: namely the
Westminster attack and subsequent protest of the English Defence
League in Birmingham.
Those at the mosque were obviously concerned about
both matters and we spoke in depth about the issues surrounding
But what happened in Westminster was a senseless attack on
our shared freedom and democracy and the terrorist responsible was
exactly that, a terrorist, not a man of faith.
We discussed how Birmingham and the West Midlands are places
where people of all faiths, races and religions live together side
by side in peace and harmony.
Following my visit, and in answer to the EDL protest on the
same day, we decided to hold a community event to show our unity in
the face of terror and hatred.
The mosque will therefore be opening its doors to the public
on Saturday (8) from 11am until 1pm for a traditional tea party.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be served and the mosque will be draped
in bunting and Union Flags.
Now, of course, every citizen has the right to peacefully
protest but I feel the EDL and counter demos on Saturday will bring
little more than division to our city and demand to our police
I'd much rather see people at the tea party enjoying
themselves with their neighbours and I hope to see as many
people there as possible, focusing on what unites rather than
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